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Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum’s 2019 Symposium

The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum is hosting its 2019 Symposium in Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ), an internationally recognized icon and destination for most architects, landscape architects, and designers. Illuminated by the visionary and mystical figure of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most influential architects of the 20th Century, Taliesin West offers participants a place that is naturally and architecturally beautiful and inspiring. It is the perfect context where to meditate, sense, discuss, and even plan how to best harness the continuous interactions between nature, design, and spirituality. It also permits attendees to consider the little-addressed yet important legacy of FLW’s spiritual sensibility, belief, and practices vis-à-vis his work. Spending time within and without the remarkable Taliesin West will surely make participants better understand this contribution (60 years after his passing) in light of the mission of ACSF and the huge challenges facing the world today.

Although the Eleventh Annual Meeting will be held at Taliesin West (May 16-19, 2019), conference accomodations will be at the Franciscan Renewal Center, a peaceful, confortable, and friendly place only a few miles away from the symposium venue.

As in previous symposia, ACSF 11 is structured around a main topic (in this case “Continuity in/of Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality”) but also open to ideas, works, and proposals relevant to the Forum’s areas of interest. The number of attendees will be kept small to secure an atmosphere conducive to personal connections and in-depth dialogue. Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will free time for connecting to oneself, the surrounding desert, and, of course, Taliesin West. The three keynote speakers will be:  renowned architect Will Bruder, Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Michael Desmond, and internaiontally recognized Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, the recipient of the 2019 ACSF Award for Outstanding Achievement. Part of the symposium activities will include a elective visit to Arcosanti.

Established in 2007, the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum provides an international forum for scholarship, education, practice, and advocacy regarding the cultural and spiritual significance of the built environment. ACSF believes that the design and experience of the built environment can assist the spiritual development of humanity in service of addressing the world’s most pressing issues.

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May Webinar – Staying True to the Journey: The Quest for a Liturgical Vernacular with John Buscemi

When immersed in the day to day decisions of our work, sometimes it is good to step apart, take a breath and reconnect to that original idea that first captured our imaginations. This webinar with John Buscemi hopes to do just that.

It will explore the uneven history of searching for the true vernacular which is the language, forms and artistic expression of a particular group or people. Celebrating the liturgy of the church in the vernacular is the mandate of Vatican II. It has been the consuming work of liturgists and artists before the Council and for the last fifty years. In the webinar we will look at the various pathways of this quest and the implications that animate our work as consultants, liturgists, architects and artist. Above all, to get a glimpse of where we are today. Our hope is that the participants will come away with renewed clarity and sense of purpose.

About the Presenter:
John Buscemi has been around forever, or so it seems. He was smitten early by the creative possibilities of the Second Vatican Council. Luckily, he was soon able to transition from felt and burlap banners to other liturgical art forms. Some would say he should have stuck with banners. John applauded the original 1978 document on Environment and Art in Catholic Worship. He was a founding member of the Form/Reform Conference, the liturgical consultant program at CTU, the Georgetown Center for Liturgy, Spirituality and the Arts as well the ACLS. As they say: “He knows where the bodies are buried.” Now, in retirement, he continues to be passionate about this work of a lifetime and the quest to find those intersections where liturgy, spirituality and the arts meet.

Please register for Staying True to the Journey: The Quest for a Liturgical Vernacular on May 16, 2017 1:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8336529429923261441

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.